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Ex-US Amb. to Iraq on Turkey Shooting: Situation 'Can Escalate'

CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront"

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 11:08 PM

Christopher Hill, the former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, the situation surrounding the killing of Andrei Karlov, Russia's ambassador to Turkey, "can escalate."

"I think what is clear is that something is happening in Turkey, especially with this [President Recep Tayyip) Erdoğan regime, especially after the coup attempt," Hill told CNN's Erin Burnett on Tuesday. "And they are becoming much closer to Russia and much more willing to have Russia take the diplomatic lead.

"So, I think this assassination really speaks to some really strong undercurrents that are going on now, and we'll have so see how this plays out. It is quite extraordinary that Russia has the diplomatic lead, and the U.S. has been reduced to sort of getting angry at the U.N. Security council and not really playing a direct role in the diplomacy."

Karlov was speaking at a photo exhibition when he was shot by a Turkish off-duty policeman, 22-year-old Mevlut Mert Altintas. After the shooting, Atlintas denounced Russia's role in the Syrian war and shouted "Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!"

Turkey's ruling party said Tuesday it was looking into Atlintas' link to the Gulen movement, Al Jazeera reported. The Gulen movement is led by the self-exiled Muslim cleric Fethulla Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania.

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Christopher Hill, the former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, the situation surrounding the killing of Andrei Karlov, Russia's ambassador to Turkey, "can escalate."
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